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Italy yoga school in violent-sex probe

Students 'subjected to esoteric and pornographic practices'

07 December, 17:03
Italy yoga school in violent-sex probe (ANSA) - Florence, December 7 - Police on Friday carried out searches across Italy following investigations into alleged sexual assault and psychological subjection perpetrated against students at an international school of yoga. Several people have been placed under investigation and are facing charges of criminal association, reduction to slavery, human trafficking and continual sexual violence.

The school in question is liked to a guru in Romania and has branches in several cities across Italy.

Investigators believe students were effectively subsumed into a cult and subjected to sexual violence, also through esoteric and pornographic practices.

Police seized computers, documents and videos from the school premises and suspects' homes.

They also searched the homes of several people not currently under investigation, but who are nonetheless thought to be involved in the ring.